Friday February 21, 2020

Shades of 2003 as Trump cuts loose in Middle East

The assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani by an American drone on Friday has the potential to plunge the region into yet another decades-long bout of bloodshed

5th January, 2020
Major General Qassem Suleimani (centre) attends a meeting in Tehran

Just when you thought the Middle East couldn’t get any more chaotic, in blundered Donald Trump last week with kneejerk tactics, no discernible strategy, and a schizophrenic foreign policy that is hell-bent on baiting one adversary with nuclear ambitions into war while flattering the other with second chances and appeasement.

Shed no tears for Qassem Soleimani. The tragedy is not the death of the Iranian commander, whose list of credits includes prolonging Syrian...

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